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REDWOOD 'SET IN TRAIN DEVOLUTION REVOLUTION'

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An article in The Western Mail (p10) says the departed Welsh secretary John Redwood quietly set in action a devolut...
An article in The Western Mail (p10) says the departed Welsh secretary John Redwood quietly set in action a devolution revolution.

A Welsh planning system 'which slavishly copied the English, and tried to impose on the scattered population of rural Wales solutions sculpted to the needs of the densely-peopled home counties, is being dropped in favour of local rule' says the Mail.

The issue in question is Planning Policy Guidance Wales, which was published for consultation in July by William Hague but had been written on the orders of John Redwood.

'Experts accustomed to wading through pages of detailed department of environment guidance from a tower-block in London, were shocked that so much could be contained in so few paragraphs.'

The Mail says the heritage industry is up in arms, and many professional planners possess doubts, but it claims there is a suspicion that some of the complainants are shouting their opposition on grounds that are, in truth, non-planning, for instance the fact that the document came from Mr Redwood.
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